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Borsheim Art Newsletter:

8 April 2005

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 2005

[Christo, The Gates, NYC]

The Gates in Central Park, New York City
by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
photo by Kelly Borsheim

  1. Sculpture Dominion
  2. New Work
  3. Austin Woman Magazine
  4. Teaching Schedule
  5. New York Follow-up; The Gates
  6. Stone Workshop Follow-up
  7. New Galleries
  8. Subscription Info.

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Dear Reader,

Oh, I hope you are enjoying this wonderful time of the year! I am drinking in the sweet fragrance of pittosporum flowers and bluebonnets, among many other things. The hummingbirds have been zinging, the mesquite trees are sprouting their beautiful bright green foliage, and spring is definitely here.

April is shaping up nicely and I want to invite you to visit with me in San Antonio during opening weekend of the Sculptors' Dominion exhibit, April 16 & 17. I will be doing a stone carving demonstration then, although the show continues each weekend through May 22.

For details and contact information, please visit:

New Work:

Although I have been very busy with traveling and workshops, I do have some new sketches from live models to show you. I am trying to teach myself a bit of abstraction by moving in closer and trying to discover shapes and patterns in light that may be a bit obscure. However, this may be only the start of a longer process. You may also take a look at a couple of faces recently painted. If you are curious, please click on the link below:

Austin Woman Magazine:

I would like to thank art lover and Austinite Gabrielle Snyder for writing a 4-page article about my work and thoughts for the April 2005 issue of Austin Woman magazine. You may read the article online at:

Teaching Schedule:

Although the Austin Sculpture Center lost its home in February, there is a new sculpture school in town (the Sculpture Academy of Austin) and I will be teaching a 3-day workshop there. Sculptural Anatomy with a live model will take place Friday April 22 - Sunday, April 24. Beginners, as well as seasoned sculptors, are encouraged to attend. Materials are included. Details about this event are posted online at:

New York Follow-up; The Gates, Central Park, by Christo and Jeanne-Claude:

For the most part, my trip to New York City was wonderful (not counting the day I spent in the sales tax office waiting for the permit they "lost in the mail"). Artexpo New York was the largest indoor show in which I had ever exhibited. This event was also unusual for me because one of the most frequent comments that I heard from both artists and art enthusiasts was, "Oh! You are a serious artist." I did not quite understand this because, from my point of view, all of the artists who invested in exhibiting at this event had to be either serious about their work or independently wealthy. After reviewing the show and catalog more thoroughly, I decided that in comparison to the bright colors and happy themes explored in much of the art at Artexpo, my work is quieter and perhaps more pensive or dark. In any event, I did not accept these comments as an insult. I have always preferred Michelangelo's art to Leonardo Da Vinci's because the sculptor's work seems dark and more true than the sometimes saccharine style of the inventor.

Artexpo NY was also exciting because it enabled me to meet many of the people who have contacted me via the Internet - and who until this trip were just names in e-mail. I had always heard the stereotype that New Yorkers were rude, but my experience in the area was just the opposite. For example, one night as I was walking from the Javits Convention Center to the PATH subway station on 34th Street, I decided to duck into a Quiznos Sub Shop for dinner. I was having a bit of trouble with a heavy door, when I felt the weight lift off of me suddenly as a man chatting away on a cell phone stopped long enough to help me out before moving on down the sidewalk. Busy yes, oblivious, no.

On another day, I was returning from the tax office in Brooklyn as a blizzard was moving in and I realized that all around me people were wearing black clothes (in contrast to my big purple coat). Once inside the PATH station near the old World Trade Center site, I noticed that from all directions people formed these silent, symmetrically spaced radial lines leading up to the subway entrance. Just as I had a vision of being caught up in the "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" movie, I heard a soft, friendly voice calling out from behind me, "Well, hello to you sir . . . and have a nice day." Intrigued by the break in the otherwise quiet, snowy grey day, I turned to see this wonderful smiling face on a man wearing a brightly colored African garment and cap. He continued to wave and greet passersby. I smiled to myself as I fell into line. It is the little details in life that fill me with joy.

Here you will see images of my exceptionally generous friends. Bill and John Des Lauriers invited me to stay with them in their brownstone in New Jersey while I visited the area. What a treat! They have restored this home lovingly and with great detail with American period pieces (researched at the Metropolitan Museum of Art) and I was able to see the Statue of Liberty from my fourth story bedroom window. We had several interesting conversations in the evenings as we sat around comfortably in low light and I drank hot chocolate. Bill even helped me during setup of my exhibit at Artexpo and explained all the details about how to get around in (and to) the city.

[Artexpo, Bill Des Lauriers, John Des Lauriers, Kelly Borsheim, New York City] [Brownstone, New Jersey]
Above left: Art collectors Bill and John Des Lauriers visit Kelly at her art booth at Artexpo New York.
Right: New Jersey brownstones after the blizzard. Photo by Kelly Borsheim

Other friends Susan Pocsik and Brian Wells treated me to an entire day of New York, from walking around Central Park, to visiting the Met Museum, lunch, dinner, and we even saw the Broadway play "Chicago"! Susan was skilled at showing me some wonderful sections of the Met on such a short schedule (we only had half a day there). She even spoke with a man who shared the story of the ever-changing exotic flowers on display in giant vases - a gift from a patron. Forsythia was the featured flower during my visit. And Brian knew so much about the history of various buildings in New York, including all the people personalities behind each story. Walking parts of Manhattan was certainly the way to go.

[Susan Pocsik, Brian Wells, Central Park, New York City] [Susan Pocsik, Brian Wells, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City]
Above left: Susan Pocsik and Brian Wells with Kelly in Central Park, New York City.
Right: The Egyptian Room at the Metroplitan Museum of Art, New York.

[Robin Walker with Kelly Borsheim, Plaza Hotel, New York City]

And finally, The Gates. I drove up early to see this temporary installation in Central Park by the famous artist couple Christo and Jeanne-Claude. I was not sure what I thought of the project from what I had read about it online, but I was curious just the same. I arrived in Central Park on the last scheduled day of the show, Sunday, February 27, and I met another previously Internet-only friend, artist Robin Walker of Dallas, in front of the Plaza Hotel. Robin knew lots of "behind the scenes" tidbits and helped me secure a piece of the saffron fabric swatches the crew would give out to those who asked. I gave my souvenir to an artist friend in Austin who was disappointed that he had to cancel his trip to see the Gates.

Was this artwork a success? I should say so. The artists stated on their Web site that they wanted to give this gift (and it was) to their city. They wanted the saffron color to brighten up winter's typical neutrals and be visible against the snow and dark, naked tree limbs in this beloved park. They did what they set out to do - and perhaps more. Visually? I thought the Gates too harsh in shape, but I could not come up with a better idea that I had not seen done already, so . . . no real critique there. As Robin put it, "This is a happening." And that was the rub. My favorite part of the happenin' was the placement of oranges on sculptures throughout the park. I enjoyed the same color in a round shape being added to the scene. Someone had fun placing fresh fruit out in the winter weather as an inexpensive and fast way of sharing in the event.

Shortly after seeing our first orange, Robin and I saw Jeanne-Claude's car pull up. I hope you enjoy these images (scroll down).

Stone Workshop Follow-up:

We had a total of eight participants at the recent stone carving workshop at my home with my friends, Ukrainian-born master sculptor Vasily Fedorouk (currently of Chicago) and stone and tool supplier Myles "Mountain" Schachter (of Lawrence, Kansas). Vasily is a generous artist who was well received by everyone (based on the gushing toasts he received at the dinners!) and Myles supplied many of the tools for sculptors to try out on their stones. Luckily (for my guests) I had a lot of help with the serving of lunches and dinners, thanks to cooks Vasily, Myles, and John Borsheim. These meals were also great learning and social occasions and we were blessed with wonderful carving weather throughout the workshop.

[Vasily Teaches How to Split Stone] [Vasily Teaches How to Carve a Face in Stone]

Above and below: Vasily Fedorouk (in camoflage) teaches splitting stone and carving techniques.

[Vasily Teaches How to Carve Stone] [Vasily Teaches How to Split Stone]

New Galleries:

Please help me welcome my newest friends who are carrying my work in their galleries:

Franklin Barry Gallery / The Frame Shop
617 Massachusetts Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Tel. 317.822.8455 Contact: Don Elliott or Morgan Sliver

Gallery Z
214 Union Square
Hickory, North Carolina 28601
Tel. 828.381.2252 Contact: Robert "Michael" Bock

You may always check my Web site for the gallery nearest you:

In closing, I wish you all a wonderful springtime and I hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for reading.
Kelly Borsheim
8 April 2005

The Gates New York City Central Park

All images copyright Kelly Borsheim

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] 27 February 2005: I went to see "The Gates" in Central Park, New York City. I was not sure what I would think of them before I arrived. I had the same opinion when I left. The consensus seemed to be that this was "an event" more than a work of art. But I had to admit -- there was definitely an artist's mind at work here. And the artists accomplished their stated goals. The orange (saffron, technically speaking) stood out beautifully against the dark nude trees and white snow. (I say nude because my beloved teacher Jon Formo corrected me once when I said "naked" in class. "When you refer to art, it is nude." That totally amused me. But then, trees are art.)

Sometimes, as in the photo to your right, the gates reminded me of toy soldiers walking in line. Of course, dominoes came to mind and I vaguely wondered what would happen if you tipped one over. I actually found myself enchanted by the shadows of the tree limbs, whether they fell on "The Gates" or on the snow. I was grateful to have seen Christo's "Gates" during a beautiful sunshiny day, as well as the day after the blizzard hit.

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

[artist Jeanne Claude, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] What delighted me was how the public interacted with the art. I found 2 oranges placed on sculptures to place a round shape in the park of the same color as the many rectangular forms presented by the Christos. In the image on the left, you may see the small crowd gathering around two cars. The artist Jeanne-Claude emerged from the first one (see images below). Pretty snazzy car -- and it came with its own driver.

[Jeanne Claude, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [car of Jeanne Claude, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] Another orange. And I loved the bright jackets on these dancing kids. Central Park is truly loved.

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]
The dusk shot was taken on 27 February. The rest of these images of "The Gates" were taken on 1 March 2005, after a blizzard had blown in the night before.

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [hay bales, sled protectors, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

[Central Park, New York City, photo by Susan Pocsik] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]
Above: The photo of artist Kelly Borsheim sitting with two snowmen in Central Park was taken by Susan Pocsik on Tuesday, March 1, 2005.

[Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City] [Christo, The Gates, NYC, Central Park, New York City]

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